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Paulo Dybala to Liverpool? Reds ‘ready to agree deal’ with Juventus in the coming weeks

Liverpool are close to agreeing a deal with Juventus for the signing of Paulo Dybala this summer, reports claim.

Uncertainty surrounds the Argentine’s future after a difficult season in Turin and it understood Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wants another forward.

Paulo Dybala has been linked with a summer exit

According to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, the Reds are pushing hard to get a deal for the 25-year-old agreed before the summer transfer window.

Liverpool will have to fend off interest from Manchester United and Bayern Munich to land Dybala, and at this stage it is unclear how much Juve would demand to sell him.

Dybala, still rated among the most talented players in Italy, has often found himself on the bench this season following the Old Lady’s marquee signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.


He has found the net just nine times in 35 games, following a return of 26 goals in 46 appearances last season.

Reports have valued Dybala at £120million, however his goalscoring troubles may have influenced his price tag.

The versatile forward can occupy a multitude of positions, and would not look out of place in a deeper midfield position.

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Klopp deployed Philippe Coutinho in a no. 8 role before the Brazilian moved to Barcelona, and the Reds have not replaced his creativity in their midfield three.

Further up the field, there are doubts surrounding the futures of strikers Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, while Real Madrid are reportedly launching a bid to lure Sadio Mane away from Merseyside.

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Every Premier League club’s worst value for money signing this season

Long summers without the beautiful game is often the most painful time of the year for football fans.

One consolation, however, is that it means the transfer market is in full swing.

Brooks has been brilliant for Bournemouth

Many of this season’s new recruits have proven to be superb pieces of business – take Salomon Rondon, who has been heroic for Newcastle and has been lauded as the signing of the season by Tony Cascarino – or David Brooks, who has been a sensation for Bournemouth since his move from Sheffield United.

On the other hand, there have been some dreadful signings too, and talkSPORT.com, courtesy of stats provided by The Sportsman, has identified which players  from each club have been the worst value for money by adding up a number of different criteria and dividing the total by the players transfer fee.

Here are their findings…



Arsenal

Lucas Torreira (£7,221 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception, cross and big chance created)

Torreira had a flying start but has tailed off in recent months

Bournemouth

Diego Rico (£12,708 per minute, win, clean sheet, goal, assist, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception, cross, big chance created)

Brighton

Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£20,482 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created)

Burnley

Ben Gibson (£150,000 per minute, win, clean sheet, goal, assist, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception)

Gibson is the worst value for money signing at Burnley

Cardiff

Bobby Reid (£6,618 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created))

Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga (£20,107 per minute, win, clean sheet, save, catch, high claim, punch, sweeper clearance, pass)

Kepa is the most expensive keeper in history

Crystal Palace

Cheikhou Kouyate (£4,154 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception, cross and big chance created) is the only player signed by the club with a transfer fee or to make an appearance in the Premier League this season.

Everton

Yerry Mina (£20,225 per minute, win, clean sheet, goal, assist, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception)

Fulham

Fabri (£20,161 per minute, win, clean sheet, save, catch, high claim, punch, sweeper clearance, pass)

Huddersfield

Ramadan Sobhi (£76,000 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created)

Sobhi has struggled to make an impact at Huddersfield

Leicester

Caglar Soyuncu (£40,685 per minute, win, clean sheet, goal, assist, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception)

Liverpool

Naby Keita (£27,008 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception, cross and big chance created)

Keita has been disappointing in the Liverpool shirt

Manchester City

Riyad Mahrez (£30,181 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created) is the only player signed by the club with a transfer fee or to make an appearance in the Premier League this season.

Manchester United

Fred (£31,439 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception, cross and big chance created)

Fred has struggled at Manchester United

Newcastle United

Yoshinori Muto (£16,551 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created)

Southampton

Mohamed Elyounoussi (£16,831 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created)

Tottenham Hotspur

No signings

Watford

Ben Wilmot (£40,630 per minute, win, clean sheet, goal, assist, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception)

Wilmot has struggled since his move to Watford

West Ham

Andriy Yarmolenko (£25,735 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created)

Wolves

Leo Bonatini (£25,773 per minute, win, goal, assist, shot on target, pass, cross, big chance created.

According to the stats, Bonatini has been the worst signing for Wolves
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Raphael Varane: Where could World Cup winning defender go next? Including Manchester United, Juventus and PSG

The news that Raphael Varane is reportedly considering his future at Real Madrid was a surprise to many.

The Frenchman thrived under the reappointed Zinedine Zidane in his first stint in charge of Los Blancos – making his name as one of the finest central defenders on the planet.

Varane reportedly wants to leave Real Madrid

The 25-year-old has won four Champions League trophies, two La Liga titles and one Copa del Rey during a trophy-laden career in the Spanish capital.

He also played an instrumental role in France’s World Cup triumph last summer.

However, according to L’Equipe, Varane is keen to explore new options after winning everything he possibly could in Spain – and this will have put a number of European giants on red-alert.

But where could he go? talkSPORT.com has explored his potential suitors…



Manchester United

Varane has been heavily linked with a move to United in recent years and this could be the perfect challenge for him.

The Red Devils have undoubtedly improved under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but they are still miles behind their bitter rivals Man City and Liverpool at the moment.

The arrival of Varane would be the perfect marquee signing to demonstrate their intent to reestablish themselves as a powerhouse in Europe.

Varane and Lindelof could make a dominant pairing

Jose Mourinho was desperate to sign a new centre-back in the summer but he was never granted his wish. If Varane is unsettled it may be too good an opportunity for chief executive Ed Woodward to pass on?

Victor Lindelof’s form has dramatically improved in recent months and a pairing with Varane is a mouthwatering prospect for the Old Trafford faithful, although it could spell the end for Chris Smalling or Phil Jones.

Juventus

Another club who have been linked with Varane is Juventus.

The Italian champions have been spending big sums in the market in recent years, with the £100million signing of Cristiano Ronaldo a real statement of intent last summer.

The Portuguese superstar fired the Old Lady to victory against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and they are once again among the favourites for the European crown.

Rugani is a rising star of Juventus

However, should they fail to win the competition, who’s to say the Serie A side wont flash the cash again in the summer and go all out for Varane.

Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are still extremely capable defenders, but they are 34 and 31 respectively and will eventually lose their legs.

At least one replacement is needed and Varane could be the perfect signing for the future.

He could form a dominant partnership with Juve’s already highly-rated defender Daniele Rugani.

Paris Saint-Germain

PSG will inevitably be on red-alert with the news that Varane has expressed his desire to leave Los Blancos.

The French champions will still be reeling from their loss to Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final and their failure in Europe could result in their owners breaking the bank in the summer.

Veteran defender Silva will retire at the end of next season

Varane wants a new challenge and although it’s clear the French league doesn’t represent that, he could be tempted to return to his home country and guide the Paris outfit to glory in Europe.

Furthermore, Thiago Silva is set to retire at the end of next season and a defender of his quality will need to be replaced with another leader – Varane represents that.

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Transfer news and football gossip: Liverpool ‘ready’ to sign Paulo Dybala, Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United, Thibaut Courtois ‘turns down’ Premier League return

talkSPORT.com round up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online…

Liverpool are ready to agree a deal to sign Juventus striker Paulo Dybala in a matter of weeks, reports in Italy claim. (Tutto Mercato)

Manchester United are leading the race to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid this summer, according to reports in Spain. (Sport)

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has insisted he will not be distracted by the ongoing speculation over a possible summer move to Real Madrid. (Metro)

Thibaut Courtois is said to have turned down a possible return to the Premier League with Manchester United, as part of a deal that could see David de Gea sign for Real Madrid. The former Chelsea goalkeeper has been dropped by Zinedine Zidane following his return as Bernabeu manager. (The Sun)

Juventus ace Dybala continues to be linked with a move to Anfield

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has asked the Merseyside club to cancel his two-year loan deal with Besiktas.(Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United still have a chance of signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, after his mother – also his agent – denied claims the 23-year-old has already agreed to join Barcelona. (L’Equipe)

United and Arsenal will lock horns over the signing of Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas this summer. The 27-year-old’s release clause will fall if his side do not qualify for the Champions League. (Calciomercato)

Could World Cup winner Griezmann be on his way to Old Trafford this summer?

West Ham and Newcastle United are both keeping tabs on Mainz midfielder Erkan Eyibil – the 17-year-old Turkish attacker dubbed ‘the new Mesut Ozil’. (Turkish Football)

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is a target for Paris Saint-Germain, with the French champions willing to pay €80m (£68.5m) for the Germany international. (OK Diario)

Brazilian defender Dani Alves has agreed a contract extension with PSG. (ESPN)

Derby County owner Mel Morris is considering selling the club for just £1, in a deal which would see him aiming to have his debts repaid through the sale process. (The Times)


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The Share Split – Traders React

Yesterday was a big day for the Index. We revealed the mechanics of the long-awaited Share Split, and well, the FI Community were in fine voice. Before the announcement at 19:00, build up was everywhere, the FI Community continued to speculate on almost everything. The main decision many Traders highlighted was if they should build […]

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Manchester United: How Red Devils could line up next season with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Roma’s Kostas Manolas

Manchester United will be hoping this summer transfer window is more successful than last year.

Former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho failed to bring in a much-needed centre-back and spent £50million on Fred, who has failed to make an impact at Old Trafford.

Kostas Manolas and Douglas Costa could be Manchester United team-mates next season

Diogo Dalot was signed for £19million from Porto and the youngster is making good progress under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United have conceded 40 league goals this season, the most of any top six club, meaning defenders will be high on their wish list.

So, who could be a United player at the start of next season?


Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

The Frenchman has been a long-term target for United and is believed to be considering his Real Madrid future. The defender is a serial winner and has lifted a World Cup, two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies.

Similarly to Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool, Varane’s leadership and dominance at the back could transform United into Premier League title challengers next season.

Raphael Varane’s Real Madrid future is uncertain

Kostas Manolas (Roma)

United could be tempted into triggering the Greek defender’s release clause of just £30.8million. Manolas and Varane could form a solid partnership to lead United on all fronts next term.

The 27-year-old has vast Champions League experience with Roma, and scored a late goal to knock Barcelona out of last season’s competition.

Manolas has started 21 of Roma’s 28 Serie A games to help the club climb to fifth in the table.

Kostas Manolas is in demand with his cheap buyout clause

Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina)

Milenkovic’s versatility to play as a centre-half and right-back will appeal to United with long-serving captain Antonio Valencia set to leave at the end of the campaign. Ashley Young has been the club’s first-choice right-back with Dalot also filling in at times.

While Dalot has potential to become a solid full-back, Milenkovic could be a ready-made replacement for Valencia.

The 21-year-old has won ten caps for Serbia, including three at the 2018 World Cup, and made 40 Serie A appearances since his Fiorentina debut in 2017.

Nikola Milenkovic could fill the void left by Antonio Valencia

Douglas Costa (Juventus)

Jesse Lingard is the club’s only natural right winger and Solskjaer is likely to add in this area position in the summer. Like Varane, Costa has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for a number of years.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in Turin has severely restricted Costa’s playing time this season. He has started just seven Serie A games, scoring one goal in all competitions.

Juventus are reportedly interested in signing United flop Alexis Sanchez, who would have to take a pay cut on his £500,000-a-week wages – and that could open the door for Costa to join the Red Devils.

Douglas Costa has struggled for form this season

Here is how Manchester United could line up next season

Is this how Manchester United could look next season?
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Arsenal news: How Gunners could line-up next season including Djene Dakonam and Gelson Martins

Arsenal manager Unai Emery made it clear that Arsenal would not sign anyone permanently in January.

The Emirates chief eventually signed Denis Suarez on loan, who is yet to find his feet in the Premier League.

Emery looks set to have a busy summer

However, in recent days Arsenal have been linked to a number of players – and Emery was reportedly in Spain over the weekend personally scouting some summer targets.

But who are those targets and how could Arsenal line-up with them next season?

Find out below…



Gelson Martins (Monaco)

Arsenal are reportedly weighing up a summer move for Gelson Martins.

The 23-year-old forward is currently on loan at Ligue 1 side Monaco from Atletico Madrid.

He has three goals and three assists in his first eight appearances for the club and his performances have caught the eye of Emirates talent-spotters.

Portuguese news outlet A Bola claim Arsenal remain interested in signing him after failing in a loan bid in January.

Martins preferred position is on the right-flank, but his versatility will appeal to Emery as he can also play on the left-wing or behind the striker.

Martins can play in all three positions across a front three

Djene Dakonam (Monaco)

Another player who Emery reportedly has his eye on is Togolese centre-back Djene Dakonam.

Dakonam, 27, has helped LaLiga side Getafe to an impressive season in the Spanish top-flight.

Getafe are fourth in the league and on the weekend Emery was in attendance as he once again contributed to a clean sheet with a hard fought 0-0 draw at Valencia.

It is believed Dakonam has a £31million release clause in his current deal – but the Gunners boss faces competition for the defender as Barca have also reportedly been watching him.

Dakonam has been impressive for Getafe this season

Gabriel Martinelli (Ituano)

Another player Arsenal have been linked with is Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli.

The striker, 17, is currently plying his trade in his homeland and he has drawn attention from a whole host of clubs around Brazil for his performances up front for Sao Paulo-based side Ituano.

However, it is believed the Gunners have been following him the closest and will make a move for the starlet in the summer.

Martinelli’s clearly got talent as he has previously had trials with Barcelona and Manchester United – so Emery will have to seal a deal quickly to fend off interest from other clubs.

And at just 17 years old, he is unlikely to be slotted straight into the line-up and may be sent out on loan for more experience.

Martinelli is most likely to join Arsenal

How could the Gunners line-up?

Is this what Emery’s team could look like next season?
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Tottenham transfer news: Bolivian winger Julio Cesar Torres claims to have signed pre-contract with Spurs ahead of loan switch

An unknown Bolivian winger says he has signed a pre-contract with Tottenham ahead of a loan switch to north London.

Julio Cesar Torres claims he will travel to England at the end of April and join up with the Spurs reserves.

Torres has been pictured signing a piece of paper bearing Tottenham’s logo

The 21-year-old, a product of the Tahuichi Soccer Academy in Bolivia, has never played for a professional club.

In an interview with Bolivian outlet Red Uno, the winger and his agent claim a one-year loan deal with an option to buy has already been agreed with Spurs – who have not confirmed the news.

The supposed transfer has become a big story in the Bolivian media after the player and his agent ‘confirmed’ the move on a local TV show at the end of last week.


And their most recent interview even features a clip of Torres signing a piece of paper with the Tottenham badge on it – described as a ‘pre-contract’ by the winger’s agent.

“We put together a folder that specifies his technical, tactical, physical and psychological skills, which we presented to sport entrepreneurs,” said Gonzalo Anciar.

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“In the first instance, he was interested in Valladolid in Spain, but a French businessman came in contact with Tottenham and we signed a pre-contract.”

The player himself described it as ‘a great surprise that has been given to me, that very few young people have here in Bolivia‘.

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Manchester United on red alert as Raphael Varane reportedly ‘considers future’ at Real Madrid

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is considering a move away from the Bernabeu this summer, reports claim.

The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United for years and they may finally get their chance to sign the 25-year-old.

Varane previously turned down a move to Old Trafford

According to L’Equipe, Varane is keen to explore new options after winning everything he possibly could in Spain.

The Red Devils tried to sign Varane in 2011 when he left Lens, but the defender eventually decided to join the Spanish giants instead.

“Manchester United? They had just signed Phil Jones in my position,” Varane said in 2014.


“My first reaction when Real wanted to sign me was not, ‘Of course I will go’. I only made my decision when I knew that the coach wanted me to play in the first team.”

However, it is no secret United are in the market for a world class centre back and they would jump at another chance to sign Varane.

The World Cup winner boasts four Champions League titles, two La Liga triumphs and one Copa del Rey during a trophy-laden career in the Spanish capital.

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Many of those trophies were won under his compatriot Zinedine Zidane, who recently returned to Madrid to replace Santiago Solari.

With doubt surrounding the future of Sergio Ramos, Varane will be central to Zidane’s long-term plans, and the defender could be pushing for a new contract.

It wouldn’t be the first time a Real Madrid star has flirted with an exit in order to get a better deal – Ramos has often been linked with a move away before signing fresh and improved terms.

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